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The Legend Chuck Berry Dies aged 90 years

MUSIC:  Guitarist and singer has composed dozens of songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including “Sweet Little Sixteen,” “School Days” and “My Ding a Ling” …

His work has influenced generations of musicians. The guitarist and American singer Chuck Berry, one of the founding fathers of rock and roll , died Saturday at the age of 90 years. Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., his real name, was found lifeless by rescuers and was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. local, said on its Facebook account police the St. Charles County (Missouri).

Called “greatest poet of rock” by John Lennon, Chuck Berry leaves a huge work of Maybellene  to Roll Over Beethoven  and Johnny B. Goode . He was “the greatest rockers, guitarist and lyricist of the greatest rock and roll pure that ever lived,” wrote on Twitter Bruce Springsteen, who had a close relationship with Chuck Berry. Many musicians like Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr and Lenny Kravitz have also honored him.


One who has made dozens of songs of the 50s, 60s and 70s, including Sweet Little Sixteen , School Days and My Ding Ling, was taken or adapted by many interpreters of the Beatles to the Rolling Stones through Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen.


Nicknamed “Crazy Legs” – for his footwork unrivaled – Chuck Berry, the first black rock star, belonging to a generation marked by racial segregation, however, have always kept a form of resentment against white artists who achieved success by taking his music.

Chuck Berry in concert for 60 years in St. Louis (Missouri) on 17 October 1986.
Chuck Berry in concert for 60 years in St. Louis (Missouri) on 17 October 1986. – James A. Finley / AP / SIPA

The hero of a white youth fascinated by rock

Born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis (Missouri). He teaches jazz guitar as a child, while accumulating small jobs and flirting with delinquency. Become hairdresser, married and a father, he supplements his income by playing the guitar at clubs when he was noticed by bluesman Muddy Waters.

In 1955, he recorded his first song, Maybellene , which became a phenomenal tube and mark it for the beginning of a decade of success. Chuck Berry then records Thirty Days , No money down  and Roll Over Beethoven (1956), before moving tubes:  School Days  and Rock and Roll Music  in 1957, Sweet Little Sixteen , Carol  and Johnny B. Goode  in 1958, Little Queenie , Memphis Tennessee  and Back in the USA  in 1959.


In the late 50s, his success is enormous, his songs are everywhere and it comes with simple and universal themes extolling the concerns of adolescents – partying, flirting, cars, school – to become the hero one white youth fascinated by the rock.

He had recorded a new album

His career was then hampered by a conviction in 1961 and two years in prison for a sex scandal. On leaving, he through a difficult period, while its standards begin to be taken by European groups like the Beatles or the Rolling Stones.

Chuck Berry renewed success in the early 70s, with My Ding A Ling (1972), which places the top of the charts. It then multiplies the tours, very expensive minting his appearances.


Defraying occasionally again by its chronic conflict with the law, the singer then removed gradually, however, continuing to give concerts, increasingly spaced.

The day of his 90th birthday he surprised everyone by announcing the release of a new album , her first in nearly 40 years. Simply titled Chuck , the album was recorded in studios near St. Louis and had to come out in the course of this year.

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